Undergraduate

English

Do you love reading and writing about literature? Do you dream of being a reporter at a newspaper or on television? Do you have a way with words? Then you belong in Assumption’s Department of English.

English Program

Program Tracks Available

Major, Minor


Admission Deadline

Early Decision: November 15

Early Action: November 15

Early Action II: December 15

Regular Decision: February 15


Degrees Offered

B.A.


School

D'Amour College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences


Department

English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures

Program Contact

David Thoreen, Ph.D.

Professor of English
508-767-7583 Founders Hall - Room 227

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Faculty


Experiential Learning

Learn the Skills Employers Seek

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.

Internships

Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Pathways to Success

Graduates majoring in English or Communication and Media work in a broad range of fields and professions, from television and radio broadcasting, journalism, advertising, publishing, and strategic communications to law and education.

The Grand Central Neighborhood Social Services Corporation

Churchill School and Center, New York City

Davis Publications

Peabody Essex Museum

Consigli Construction Company

MLB.com

Sonia Nunes

English 2017
Education Program Specialist, UMass Medical School

After completing my first year elsewhere, I needed a smaller community that felt more like home.

At Assumption, everyone was incredibly kind and welcoming. Professors paid attention to students’ names - making me feel noticed and knowing that I mattered. It was truly the people at Assumption - students and professors alike - who empowered me to be my best self.
Daniel Fleek

English 2015
Pursuing Master of Science in Library and Informational Science, Simmons University; United States Air Force

Assumption provided me with a great multi-faceted experience and is the reason I’m in grad school.

Pick a field of study that you’re passionate about, and that you will feel proud to earn a degree in. Studying something you can commit to, constantly engage in, and that will mentally stimulate you is the best way to fully enjoy your university years.
Lauren Crockett

Philosophy 2019
Pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature at Boston College

The community is so welcoming while remaining intellectually challenging.

Assumption has always encouraged me to seek out resources and ask questions when I’m stuck on a problem. I feel that the perseverance I have acquired by learning how to find answers to difficult questions has prepared me to take on challenges wherever I find them.
Setarreh Massihzadegan

English 2004
Director of Digital Marketing, Massachusetts General Hospital

Assumption is a small college that offers big opportunities!

I honed my storytelling skills, learned the basics of marketing and communications, and felt supported to push myself. My professors and mentors were phenomenal. I learned the importance of hard work and building relationships, which is essential to my work today.
Ambar Rosas Sanchez

English 2019
Marketing Freelancer, Telemundo

Assumption exposed me to new and exciting opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible elsewhere.

I wanted to learn what it would be like to work in journalism, a field I’m very passionate about, and Assumption afforded me this opportunity. Professor O'Hara was a huge influence in my decisions. She believed in me and guided me towards my professional and personal goals.
Kathryn Graydon

English 2016
Interactive Media Producer, Boston College

The Broadcast Journalism and TV Productions classes taught me so much about my future career.

In my experience at the College and since I’ve graduated, I’ve also learned that it’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are something you learn from, so don’t be afraid to make them.

Shining their light

Sonia Nunes

English 2017
Education Program Specialist, UMass Medical School

After completing my first year elsewhere, I needed a smaller community that felt more like home.

At Assumption, everyone was incredibly kind and welcoming. Professors paid attention to students’ names - making me feel noticed and knowing that I mattered. It was truly the people at Assumption - students and professors alike - who empowered me to be my best self.
Daniel Fleek

English 2015
Pursuing Master of Science in Library and Informational Science, Simmons University; United States Air Force

Assumption provided me with a great multi-faceted experience and is the reason I’m in grad school.

Pick a field of study that you’re passionate about, and that you will feel proud to earn a degree in. Studying something you can commit to, constantly engage in, and that will mentally stimulate you is the best way to fully enjoy your university years.
Lauren Crockett

Philosophy 2019
Pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature at Boston College

The community is so welcoming while remaining intellectually challenging.

Assumption has always encouraged me to seek out resources and ask questions when I’m stuck on a problem. I feel that the perseverance I have acquired by learning how to find answers to difficult questions has prepared me to take on challenges wherever I find them.
Setarreh Massihzadegan

English 2004
Director of Digital Marketing, Massachusetts General Hospital

Assumption is a small college that offers big opportunities!

I honed my storytelling skills, learned the basics of marketing and communications, and felt supported to push myself. My professors and mentors were phenomenal. I learned the importance of hard work and building relationships, which is essential to my work today.
Ambar Rosas Sanchez

English 2019
Marketing Freelancer, Telemundo

Assumption exposed me to new and exciting opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible elsewhere.

I wanted to learn what it would be like to work in journalism, a field I’m very passionate about, and Assumption afforded me this opportunity. Professor O'Hara was a huge influence in my decisions. She believed in me and guided me towards my professional and personal goals.
Kathryn Graydon

English 2016
Interactive Media Producer, Boston College

The Broadcast Journalism and TV Productions classes taught me so much about my future career.

In my experience at the College and since I’ve graduated, I’ve also learned that it’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are something you learn from, so don’t be afraid to make them.
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We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.

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Hound Academy: Completing the Common Application

Join Assumption Admissions for an informative virtual discussion on completing the Common Application which can be used to apply to many different schools. Admission professionals will discuss dos and don'ts as well as tips to successfully complete your application.

Aug. 3, 2021
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Aug 10 Tue

Hound Academy: Making Your Application Standout

Assumption Admissions invites you to this virtual session where you will discuss how to not only successfully complete your application, but how to use tools to differentiate your application from others - especially when applying to specific programs.

Aug. 10, 2021
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Aug 17 Tue

Hound Academy: Financial Aid 101

Join Assumption Admissions for this virtual presentation as you learn about financial aid. Discuss financial aid at Assumption University, how to apply for financial aid as well as the many different types of financial aid.

Aug. 17, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Aug 3 Tue

Hound Academy: Completing the Common Application

Join Assumption Admissions for an informative virtual discussion on completing the Common Application which can be used to apply to many different schools. Admission professionals will discuss dos and don'ts as well as tips to successfully complete your application.

Aug. 3, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Virtual
Register
Aug 10 Tue

Hound Academy: Making Your Application Standout

Assumption Admissions invites you to this virtual session where you will discuss how to not only successfully complete your application, but how to use tools to differentiate your application from others - especially when applying to specific programs.

Aug. 10, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Virtual
Register
Aug 17 Tue

Hound Academy: Financial Aid 101

Join Assumption Admissions for this virtual presentation as you learn about financial aid. Discuss financial aid at Assumption University, how to apply for financial aid as well as the many different types of financial aid.

Aug. 17, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Virtual
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Career Paths


Internships

English majors are strongly encouraged to gain career experience and course credit through an internship in their field of interest during their junior or senior year. Internships for academic credit give students practical, hands-on experience, allowing them to explore their career choices before graduating.

The English Department at Assumption University offers internships at more than 70 professional sites in central Massachusetts and beyond. Students can intern with publishing companies, newspapers, magazines, nonprofit organizations, theaters, radio stations, television stations, political organizations, internet providers, public relations groups, and advertising agencies.


Professor Michael Land, Ph.D., Named New England Journalism Educator of the Year

The New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENOA) has named Associate Professor of English and Director of Assumption’s Community Service Learning Program Michael Land, Ph.D., New England Journalism Educator of the Year. The prestigious award recognizes a professor at a university in New England who performs outstanding work in preparing aspiring journalists and writers.

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